Regulator 28: 2021 Boat Buyers Guide

The Regulator 28 offers maximum versatility.

December 14, 2020
Regulator 28 running over reefs
There’s a plethora of rod holders and tackle storage. Courtesy Regulator Marine

In our survey, Regulator was among the handful of respected brands current boat owners were most likely to consider for their next purchase.

It’s no wonder, with hand-built Lou Codega-designed hulls, their four components crafted and then polybonded, fiberglassed and foam-filled to create a single no-wood unit free of noise, creaking, soft spots, leaking, cracks and caulk. A boat ready for the brand’s signature, “Offshore Life.”

Standard are fiberglass hardtops, which 23 percent of offshore CC owners list as the most important convenience feature in a boat like theirs. Those hardtops welcome options such as Taco Grand Slam outriggers. Other options include Yamaha Helm Master EX controls that include autopilot, waypoint deceleration, and Multimode Set Point to hold the boat in desired position.


Regulator 28

First, in 1988, there came the original Regulator 26. Regulator stretched it a decade or so ago to create the Regulator 28 and, more recently, that new classic received a “refresh” treatment including, among other touches, a fiberglass T-top with LED lights and integrated wraparound windshield, and Garmin 28 Offshore Premium electronics package.

Fishing is prominent in this boat’s DNA, and that’s clear at its 28 Tackle Center, with rigging area, rocket launchers, tackle storage and more. The standard T-top is ready for optional, additional rod holders, while the four gunwale-mounted holders meet the needs of 33 percent of survey respondents.

At the helm are bolstered seating and individual footrests. Underneath, a lined console is equipped with an electric head wiring access and rod racks.


The transom houses a 124-quart fish box and 25-gallon livewell. A flush-folding transom seat will please the 44 percent of CC survey respondents who consider aft seating important.

Up front is an illuminated 456-quart fish/storage box, flanked by a pair of 169-quart insulated fish-box/dry-storage bins, also illuminated. A center in-deck dry-storage compartment offers 256 quarts more space, which could be the locked rod storage that 26 percent say they need.

A tuna door admits fishers and big fish, and is handy for diving.


Forward seating with flip-up backrests, plus -forward console seating for two, will please the 40 percent of our center-console survey respondents who called bow seating important.

Survey Says: On Target

  • Cockpit and forward SunShade options
  • Stand-up head with rod storage on the 31

Owners Say

  • The ride in rough seas is fantastic
  • Well-laid-out boat; comfortable in the water

Brand Says

  • Tested against in the conditions of the Outer Banks
  • Maximum versatility
  • When nothing is moving beneath your feet, you know you are on a boat built to handle the high seas

Reader Response

  • “Good riding, dry, with tons of storage”


LOA: 27′8″

Beam: 9′5″


Fuel Capacity: 219 gal.

Dry Weight: 9,480 lb. with power

Max HP: 600

Certifications: NMMA

More Info